Why I’m NOT going to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week anymore!

Farmhouse Painted (chalk like paint) Jar Vases | Pretty Handy Girl

Farmhouse Painted (chalk like paint) Jar Vases | Pretty Handy Girl

Two weeks ago was Teacher Appreciation Week at my son’s school. Every year I have a bit of a knee jerk reaction to this week. Is it because I don’t appreciate my sons’ teachers and administrators? Definitely not true! I appreciate them more than I can ever show. It’s a joke in our house that if I homeschooled, we probably wouldn’t have children. We all need that time away. And, my kids are so head strong, that they learn much better from talented educators that don’t tuck them in bed at night.

So, why you ask do I have a knee jerk reaction? Let me explain. [Read more...]

Budget-Friendly Customizable Etched Glasses

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Budget Friendly Gift Idea Pinnnable

With summer right around the corner, summertime barbecues and pool parties aren’t far behind! When a friend takes time to plan an event, Jacque and I always try to come up with a unique idea for a party gift to bring them as a thank you!  Since summertime tends to bring with it, a slew of parties, we decided to come up with a creative, inexpensive host or hostess gift.  As luck would have it, on a random trip through Home Goods, we found a nice set of glassware for $6. With a little help from our vinyl cutter we could create custom stencils and make these glasses the budget friendly gift idea we had been looking for!

Libbey-Glass

Tools:

  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Small Utility Knife
  • Small Paint Brush

Materials:

  • Glasses
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Etching Creme

 

Instructions:

To begin, you’ll need to choose some artwork.  If you’re using a Silhouette or Cricut vinyl cutter, consider browsing their graphics libraries for ideas.  Or if you like what we came up with we’ve included our custom downloadable Relax stencil file (you’ll need a DropBox account to download the file, but the good news is that DropBox is free ;-).)

Sunshine Relax Artwork

Use your vinyl cutter to create your stencil.  (Since there are a number of different cutters available, I won’t get into the instructions for each machine.)

Once your artwork has been cut into the vinyl, remove all of the excess material and cut the artwork into individual stencils. [Read more...]

Circle Diamond Pattern Light Fixture – Updating a Brass Light Fixture

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I have been dying to share this tutorial with you! This project was inexpensive and it made such a big impact in our mudroom. It started with a few Habitat ReStore light fixtures and some NEW! Martha Stewart glass paint and ended up adding some major “WOW Factor” to our entry.

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